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The southern terminus of the Frisco Greenway Trail is tucked into an unassuming neighborhood in Joplin. From there, the gravel trail winds northward along the former St. Louis–San Francisco Railway, from whence it gets its name.
At the trailhead, users will find a gravel parking lot and portable toilet. There is no drinkable water along the trail or at either trail end, so make sure to bring a filled bottle with you. Before beginning the journey, it may be worth a short side trip over to Landreth Park, which lies five blocks west of the southern end of the trail; in the park, you’ll find drinking water, restrooms, picnic tables, and other amenities.
After 0.8 mile, you can turn right onto a paved spur that runs along Turkey Creek for a 1.4-mile stretch through rural neighborhoods and farms.
The greenway is covered in lush foliage, and, on most days, you will pass local residents enjoying the cool, shaded corridor for strolls and jogs. As you make the trip from Joplin to Webb City, you will cross several small roads. A couple of these crossings are marked with wooden trail signage, which ensures that passing drivers take note and slow down for trail users. Traffic is light in this area, but make sure to stop and check that no cars are coming before crossing roads.
The trail’s northern terminus in Webb City does not have restroom or water facilities and is not marked with signage. However, it does have an easily accessible, off-road gravel area for you to pull a vehicle into and load up or off.
You will notice that both communities of Webb City and Joplin are experiencing a good bit of commercial and residential growth around the trail, and there are plans to extend the Frisco Greenway Trail from either end.
To reach the Joplin trailhead from Bus. I-44/MO 66/E. 7th St. westbound, turn right onto S. Main St., heading north for five blocks. Turn right onto Second St., which soon becomes E. Broadway St. Take E. Broadway St. for 0.5 mile and take a left onto N. Division Ave. Travel four blocks and then take a right onto E. North St. Take your first left into the parking lot for the Frisco Greenway trailhead.
To reach the Webb City trailhead from Bus. I-49/E. MacArthur Drive/MO 171 westbound, take a right onto S. Madison St. Travel north for five blocks and turn left onto W. Broadway St. Before the end of the block (just before reaching S. Cedar Avenue), you will see the gravel pull-off area and the beginning of the trail on your left.
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